Anthony Davis Weighs in on The Central Park Five

June 20, 2019 | Thomas May, Musical America
SAN PEDRO, CA— “Now, I am awake,” the protagonists of The Central Park Five sing collectively in the Prologue. Projected headline images telescope the timeline: These are the five men of color who were accused in 1989, while … » Read


The Light in the Piazza Makes Its London Debut

June 20, 2019 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON—Fifteen years on from its much-fêted Broadway premiere, Adam Guettel’s romantic musical The Light in the Piazza finally reaches the London stage as a short-run showcase for the talents of Renée Fleming and teen … » Read


In Wales, a Tale of Two Prisons: Dallapiccola's and Beethoven's

June 19, 2019 | Keith Clarke, Musical America
CARDIFF—David Pountney’s swansong from Welsh National Opera will no doubt be seen as the epic production of War and Peace that opened in Fall ’18 and returns next month. But he has one more themed season to get in before he … » Read


LA Phil's Atlas: Yuval Sharon Successfully Separates Monk from Monk

June 17, 2019 | Thomas May, Musical America
LOS ANGELES — A generation has already passed since Meredith Monk first charted an unprecedented operatic world in Atlas. Yet her ambitious stage work, which premiered at Houston Grand Opera in 1991, retains an aura of singularity — … » Read


Mixed Program in Chicago Shows Orchestra in Top, Flexible Form

June 17, 2019 | Wynne Delacoma, Musical America
CHICAGO—On paper, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s subscription program conducted over the weekend by Music Director Riccardo Muti seemed to be a hodgepodge. There were two piccolo concertos, one by Vivaldi, the other composed three … » Read


At ABT: Cathy Marston’s No-Frills Jane Eyre Gets Its U.S. Premiere

June 11, 2019 | Chava Pearl Lansky, Musical America
When audiences come to see a story ballet as part of American Ballet Theatre’s Metropolitan Opera House season, they expect a grand affair: opulent sets, lavish costumes, and drama and romance played out through virtuosic one-upmanship. … » Read


WNO's Touring Don Pasquale Owns a Doner Kebab Van

June 11, 2019 | Keith Clarke, Musical America
MILFORD HAVEN, Wales—Welsh National Opera could probably do with a few laughs at the moment. Having bid farewell to Artistic Director David Pountney (he leaves this summer) amid talk of falling audiences, it now sees managing director … » Read


Barbara Hannigan's Ojai Adventure

June 10, 2019 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
OJAI, CA—Historically, the venerable, incorrigibly adventurous Ojai Festival has appointed a conductor to be its annual music director. There are a few exceptions, including the ensemble Eighth Blackbird and soprano Dawn Upshaw. But there … » Read


Lang's prisoner of the state: A Strange Twist on Fidelio

June 10, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
David Lang set for himself a daunting task in accepting a commission from the New York Philharmonic and five Europe-based entities to compose a new opera. Like many composers, he might have looked for inspiration in a pre-existing play, novel, or … » Read


Heiner Goebbels Ponders History, for Better or Worse

June 5, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Suppose the number of soldiers who died in the First World War was less important than their relative heights? What if our news consisted purely of silent imagery rather than being illuminated (or obfuscated) by the spoken word? And is it … » Read

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